|Collection MFDI - Bhor Holo, Dor Kolo (It is Dawn, Open the Door) - John Riber|
BHOR HOLO, DOR KOLO. The first in a series of commercial films made for Bengali audiences, Bhor Holo, Dor Kolo ("It is Dawn, Open the Door") introduces the "model couple" and the evil money lender who are the key figures in the "melodrama with a message series." The value of literacy training and shady loans and land deals are at the core of this episode. Cinema is a major entertainment medium in Bangladesh, and films are popular with all social classes...
Keywords: bangladesh; melodramatic; evil; lender
|Collection MFDI - Amra Dujon (Together) - John Riber|
Working family planning messages into this format is not difficult. The result: since 1985 over 10 million people have seen Amra Dujon (Together). This film is produced in the populist and popular melodramatic morality-tale style, so beloved of audiences in the subcontinent. In this case, the message underlying the drama promotes birth control policies. The hero and heroine realize the physical and economic strain of having a large family and eventually decide that they should "wait a while befo...
Keywords: Bengali; melodramatic; birthcontrol; educational
|Collection MFDI - Sonamoni - John Riber|
"Sonamoni" (Golden Pearl) - The model couple have a child who gets diarrhea because the villain cuts off their access to tube-well water. They use oral rehydration solution (both packet-type and homemade sugar-salt solution when they cannot find packets in the market). The villain and his henchmen try to kill the hero in a fight, but he turns out to be quite a "kung-fu" expert and wins. He ties the villain to a tree where in the last scene a crow defecates on his face...
Keywords: sonamona; diarrhea; tube-well water; oral; rehydration